by Adam Armstrong

DataCore Announces vFilO

Today DataCore Software announced what it is calling the next-generation distributed file and object storage virtualization technology, vFilO. This new addition adds to the company’s software-defined storage (SDS) portfolio and is designed to control large volumes of data scattered on-premises and in the cloud. vFilO works well with the company’s existing portfolio or can be used independently, scaling from two instances and tens of terabytes to billions of files spread across numerous nodes.

The new vFilO software is stated to provide both a scale-out file system for unstructured data, as well as the ability to virtualize existing storage systems. Files is now spread out more than ever and vFilO gives users the ability to assimilate it under a global namespace accessible via standard NFS, SMB and S3 protocols, without changing the data. DataCore says this allows data to be accessed independent of its location. More in depth, with a policy-based approach to performance, resiliency, cost, and aging, vFilO dynamically places data across available resources, ensuring proper access controls and load balancing in the process.

vFilO uses ML to look at how often data is accessed and places it in the appropriate place for performance, which in turn can save on OPEX. The ML also monitors data for when it is no longer used and archives it on either public cloud or on-prem object storage, de-duplicated and is compressed for substantial space and cost savings. The archived data is still accessible through vFilO. Of course, any moving of data follows business objectives and policies to ensure that all compliance is met. An effect of this data movement is that vFilO users can easily recover unintentionally deleted files. Aside from redistributing data to where it performs best, vFilO can automatically distribute capacity and load over a scale-out cluster responsible for numerous storage subsystems, and can be installed on physical servers or virtual machines that are deployed in minutes. 

On another performance note, vFilO, the same as DataCore SANsymphony, enables the optimal use of hardware though parallelizing concurrent requests, avoiding serial bottlenecks. The extensive parallelism, both within nodes and by load balancing across nodes in the highly-available vFilO cluster, allow for rapid responses to peak workloads. DataCore states that this allows for maximum performance even when users access data using NFS, SMB, or S3 protocols. 

Availability and Pricing

vFilO is expected to be available November 20, 2019 and is priced per TB. 


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